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GSA unveils public access to acquisition portal

The General Services Administration last week opened the doors of its Acquisition Gateway to the public. The online portal provides an array of contracting resources, and is primarily geared to the federal acquisition community.

Census outreach to go mobile, social with new communications plan

With a new Integrated Communications Contract for the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau hopes to reach more of the population online than ever before.

Over 7M service instances to transition off Networx by 2020

Over 7 million government service instances are on the clock to transition from expiring Networx and Networx Enterprise contracts by 2020, according to the General Services Administration.  

Spotlight: OMB says Digital Services Playbook should spur action, accountability

OMB plans to hold agencies more accountable for digital services by leveraging a best practices guide it issued in 2014.

FirstNet issues long-awaited RFP for nationwide network

The First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, has issued a bundle of solicitations for the planning and building work required to stand up a nationwide, interoperable LTE network for the public safety community. Interested contractors have until April 29 to respond.

GSA begins planning for new cloud support portfolio

The General Services Administration posted a public notice last week seeking feedback on support services that could help ease agencies' transition to the cloud. GSA could use the information to create a new cloud portfolio, although it's unclear if such a portfolio would supplement or replace some of GSA's current cloud computing programs.

More than half of BTOP recipients audited had excess equipment

Five of nine BTOP awards audited had excess equipment at closeout, $3.5 million in total, including equipment outside the needs of completing the grant projects. Report authors also identified about $600,000 worth of equipment that award recipients may have improperly disposed.

18F debuts micro-purchase platform

The Generals Services Administration's innovation lab, 18F, has launched a new platform to more easily post and receive bids on micro-purchase tasks.

Agency considers cybersecurity training program for small businesses

The Small Business Administration is considering training to improve the cybersecurity posture of all contractors doing business with the federal government – not just the largest companies on the federal payroll.

SBA making 'significant strides' on IT issues, says administrator

In the year and a half since she took the position, Small Business Administration head Maria Contreras-Sweet said the agency has made "significant strides" in addressing information technology challenges.